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1956 F100 LS Suspension Questions

 
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:55 PM
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1956 F100 LS Suspension Questions

I have been trying to find a good build to follow for awhile now to answer some of my questions, but no luck really, so if you can suggest one please link it!

I am going with an LS swap with a T56 for my truck and am a little lost on the rear end. I wanted to go with air ride, but I would rather just set my ride height and not have to think about it again. So with that, I know that the sky is the limit as far as rear ends, but what would be the more cost effective approach? Instead of a Currie or Moser set up, is finding a 9 inch laying around that easy anymore? On top of finding one, to include all of the work to clean it up, repair or replace parts and try to find a good disk brake set up, would I be better set just going for the names mentioned above? I could get a new hub to hub set up with large brakes and a new third member ready to bolt in with the click of a button with all the specs I could imagine or try to just piece it together...

Same as above, would you just aim for a kit from the big names for an IRS and IFS for simplicity and ease of installation with no hassle trying to piece parts together?

Just wanted your inputs and advice..

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The answer to your questions is the same as many questions; 'it depends.'

What is your budget? What is your willingness to get dirty and hunt for parts vs. clicking a mouse and have new, clean goodies sent to your house, like you mentioned? If your budget is bigger than your time allotment for searching and rebuilding used parts, the mouse click thing is a wonderful option. The parts are out there, it's just a matter of how long and hard you want to hunt? Will you have as much money in the rebuild as just buying new? Quite possibly.

If I had your budget, I'd be on the horn to Heidts and have a Superide II on the way, and be checking with them to see what kind of rear options they have to match. All done, no fuss, no muss. My 2c.

HEIDTS SUPERIDE II 55-59 Chevy, 53-56 Ford Pickup IRS Independent Suspension - HEIDTS
 
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52 Merc,

Thank you for the reply, I don't mind searching or getting my hands dirty...I am just trying to eliminate the headache of driving however far to pick up any of the parts I need, bringing them back and cleaning them up and fixing the broken parts to find that I need something else, or that the part is just to far gone...I guess it is dealers choice, but I just wanted to ask other builders what the best route is...Any recommendations on frame work as far as beefing it up? I planned on adding the plates for the IRS/IFS to the frame, but would you or anyone else recommend more mods to the frame for added strength for the increase in power?

And to answer you question on budget, I will have this truck until mother nature takes it back...So it's really just time that I am working against, money will come and go (to the truck )

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What you do depends on budget and skills. I upgraded both my trucks to more modern rear leafs and rear axles for around $600 each using swap meet and junk yard parts. I have more time than money.
 
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I wouldn't mind going the route you did, I just don't really know what to look for yet..Like what year of 9 inch is better or what all they came in. I am reading and learning as much as I can, but not confident I could go source the parts on sight yet...Any pointers on which years or types to look for?
 
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Thanks! That is exactly what I have been looking for!
 
 
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